BOWDEN, Herbert James
(Service number 23/999)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank||Rifleman|
|Date||28 October 1894||Place of Birth||Auckland|
|Address at Enlistment||Puketapu|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||J. BOWDEN (father), 1 Kennedy Road, Napier; 23 Elizabeth Street, Timaru|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||(1) Main Body; (2) New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||(1) D Company; (2) 1st Battalion|
|Date||(1) 16 October 1914; (2) 9 October 1915|
|Transport||(1) Arawa or Limerick; (2) Maunganui or Tahiti or Navua or Warrimoo|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Wounded. Trench fever. October 1918 admitted to hospital in England - debility.
|Date||26 January 1975||Age||80 years|
|Place of Death||Christchurch|
|Memorial or Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch Block 45, Plot 263|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Herbert James Bowden was born 28 October 1894 at Auckland, the third son of John and Agnes Sophia (née Anderson) Bowden. John and Agnes, both born in Victoria, Australia, married in 1882 at Dunedin. He was educated privately before attending Caversham School, Dunedin, Terrace School, Wellington, and Union Street School, Dunedin.
Herbert Bowden enlisted at the outbreak of war and embarked with the Main Body on 16 October 1914. He named his father as next-of-kin – J. Bowden, Napier. On his second embarkation, on 9 October 1915, his father was at Elizabeth Street, Timaru. Mr John Bowden took up a position in Timaru in 1915 as insurance manager for the Canterbury Farmers’ Co-operative Association and remained for 12½ years. In October 1918 H. J. Bowden was admitted to hospital in England, suffering from debility. He had been wounded some time prior and had had an attack of trench fever.
After lengthy service in Egypt and France, H. J. Bowden (Herbert James Bowden, 23/999) returned home in Draft 211, with over a thousand men aboard, per the “Briton” which was due at Lyttelton in late January 1919. Herbert intended to go to Hunt Street, Timaru, on his return, and there he was in 1919. His mother died in March 1923 at her Hunt Street residence and was buried at Timaru. The following year his father remarried, leaving Timaru in January 1928 for Palmerston North. Both Mr and Mrs Bowden were highly respected residents of Timaru. The second Mrs Bowden died in 1929 and John married for a third time in 1930. Mr Bowden died in 1940, survived by his third wife, his four sons and two daughters, one daughter having died in childhood. Herbert married Ester Elizabeth Hulston in 1924. Herbert and Ester lived in Christchurch until their deaths in the 1970s.
His brother, Leonard, enlisted for service; and another brother, Charles, a married man with two children, who had a notable career in business and politics, was called up and enlisted but went no further. Herbert died on 26 January 1975, aged 80 years, and was buried at Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch, with his wife who had died nine months earlier.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [13 September 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [13 September 2020]; School Admission records [13 September 2020]; Ruru Lawn Cemetery headstone transcription [13 September 2020], Ruru Lawn Cemetery burial record (Christchurch City Council) [13 September 2020];; NZ Electoral Rolls (ancestry.com.au) [13 September 2020]; Timaru Herald, 24 October 1918, 25 January 1919, 1, 5 & 15 March 1923, 8 July 1924, Otago Daily Times, 3 March 1923, 27 April 1940, Evening Post, 24 April 1940 (Papers Past) [08 & 13 September 2020]
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